It’s easy to be focused on getting in shape leading up to the summer months, but once the cooler weather arrives and we say goodbye to swimsuits and shorts, many people seem to lose that motivation. Even worse, the holiday season coincides with the cooler weather and we go from eating leftover Halloween candy to Thanksgiving meals to multiple holiday parties with rich food and irresistible sweets.
So what can you do to stay fit during the colder holiday months?
Water – You’ve heard it before, but drink LOTS of water. Besides the health benefits of drinking water, it can also suppress hunger leading you to eat less food at those holiday gatherings.
Stay Active – Whatever you do, make sure that you keep moving. When it’s cold outside, it can be difficult to convince yourself to get out of your cozy bed in the morning to exercise. If it’s too cold outside, jump on a machine like the Endurance TF3i Folding Treadmill in the warmth of your own home. Further, with holiday family gatherings, we quickly make excuses that we have no time, but don’t buy into these excuses. Make exercise a priority and schedule it into your routine so that it doesn’t get overlooked. In the post How I Stay FIT During the Holidays, Tara suggests working out in the morning to get it done. She says, “No one wants to miss out on family fun, games, treats, and memories so they can go hit up the local gym. So, just make it happen first thing in the morning and then you get to forget about it the rest of the day!”
Moderation – Especially in the height of the holiday season, you may find yourself missing exercise more often than you’d like, so don’t be too hard on yourself. It’s okay to give yourself a break sometimes. Of course moderation is key! In the post New Year’s Resolution Reboot, it states, “Generally, you will need to burn around 500 calories more than what you eat per day for a whole week to lose about a pound.” Be realistic and know that this may not be likely during Thanksgiving week, especially if you’re on the road or have more than one group with which you share a Thanksgiving meal. But at the same time, you can make good choices like stopping after your first plate of food instead of going back for seconds or deciding to drink water instead of soda.
Accountability – Finally, don’t try to go at it alone. Find someone who shares your desire to stay healthy no matter what the season and encourage one another in your journey.
Don’t be intimidated by what this holiday season can do to your health. Rather set yourself up to enjoy the season and stay healthy while doing so.
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